1. USS William P. Lawrence conducts South China Sea patrol

    The guided-missile destroyer conducted a routine patrol May 2 in international waters of the South China Sea during a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment.

    USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) operates in the South China Sea, May 2. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Emiline L. M. Senn)
  2. Regional maritime security, counterterrorism exercise underway in Brunei

    The ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) Maritime Security and Counter Terrorism Exercise kicked off May 3.

    Cmdr. Greg Adams presents Letkol Laut (P) Ashari Alamsyah, commanding officer of KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda (SIM-367), with a command coin during the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Defense Minister’s Meeting (ADMM) Plus Maritime Security and Counterterrorism Field Training Exercise. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Joshua Fulton)
  3. USS Carl Vinson Completes Sea Trials

    The aircraft carrier completed three days of sea trials April 30, allowing the crew to assess the ship's state of readiness and ensure maintenance was properly accomplished.

    Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Achaad Abernathy fires a MK 38 25mm MOD 2 machine gun during a live-fire exercise aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) while underway for sea trials. (U.S. Navy/MCSN Daniel P. Jackson Norgart)
  4. 11th Pacific Partnership Mission Prepares to Enhance Cooperation, Strengthen Ties in Southeast Asia

    This year's mission, scheduled to begin May 11, will include activities in Indonesia, Timor Leste, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Palau.

    USNS Mercy sits at anchor off the coast of Rabual, Papua New Guinea, during the 2015 mission. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Peter Reft)
  5. USS Blue Ridge Returns to Hong Kong

    The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship arrived in Hong Kong April 29 for a port visit during its 2016 patrol season.

    Quartermaster Seaman William Reeves, attached to the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), records surface contacts as the ship arrives in Hong Kong. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Jordan KirkJohnson)
  6. U.S., Australian Defence Forces Conduct Fleet Synthetic Training

    Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint (FST-J) is a computer-based synthetic training which allows geographically separated units to integrate in a tactically and operationally demanding virtual environment.

    Operations Specialist 3rd Class Dontre Posey serves as the assistant battle watch captain in the Task Force 70 Tactical Flag Command Center during a joint Fleet Synthetic Training exercise. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Sara B. Sexton)
  7. U.S. Navy Transfers Research Vessel to Philippine Navy

    The U. S. Navy transferred ownership of research vessel (R/V) Melville to the Philippine Navy during a ceremony April 27 at Naval Base San Diego.

    Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, left, commander of U.S. 3rd Fleet, and Leo Herrera-Lim, Philippine Consul General in Los Angeles, sign documents transferring ownership of R/V Melville to the Philippine Navy. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Travis Litke)
  8. Pacific Surface Action Group Departs Pearl Harbor for Western Pacific

    A three-ship Surface Action Group departed Pearl Harbor April 27 following a port visit ahead of proceeding to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

    USS Momsen (DDG 92) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam April 25 as part of a port visit by a Pacific Surface Action Group deploying to U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Katarzyna Kobiljak)
  9. Great Green Fleet Continues LED Upgrades

    USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) crew is in the process of implementing more energy efficient lighting throughout the ship.

    U.S. Navy file photo. (MC2 Ryan J. Batchelder)
  10. Bonhomme Richard Sailors Assist JS Hyuga Crew in Earthquake Relief Efforts

    Eight air department Sailors assigned to USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) played a critical role as part of Task Force Chenzai, the Japanese earthquake relief effort near Kumamoto, Japan, April 18-23.

    Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force sailors prepare to load supplies onto an MV-22B Osprey aircraft aboard JS Hyuga (DDG 181). (U.S. Navy/MC3 Gabriel B. Kotico)

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